25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: 1st Reading

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

The wicked say:
   Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
reproaches us for transgressions of the law
   and charges us with violations of our training.
Let us see whether his words be true;
   let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him
   and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test
   that we may have proof of his gentleness
   and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
   for according to his own words, God will take care of him.